|Sunday 11th May 2014
Otavalo to Quito, Ecuador
We had breakfast in the hostel this morning - not crash hot - but the coffee was hot. After breakfast we went for a walk in the town looking at the markets as they were being set up. All the stalls are very colourful, but many have a lot of mass produced or factory manufactured products and not "original and authentic" indigenous goods. As we are coming back to Otavalo after we have been to the Galapagos Islands, we mostly just looked this morning. We also walked away from the tourist market into the locals market which was interesting. David bought a couple of bread rolls to keep him going and the bakery was just full of brightly iced cakes for Mothers Day - so many, that we could see them all over the floor in the back room! Shame we didn't have a camera with us. At 11:00am we left on the truck for the final drive to Quito and the end of this section of our trip. There was an amazing amount of roadworks happening and the scenery was very spectacular from dry desert to wet highlands all within about three hours. The road climbs and eventually we arrived at our hotel in Quito the capital of Ecuador, a city of about 2 million set at around 2,500 metres above sea level, mildly head swimming because of altitude. Our hotel was very drab and brown, the wi-fi was non existent and the room was not very nice - The Majestic Hotel it was called - not very majestic!!! We checked in, then went out for a walk and had a late cheap lunch at a local restaurant which cheered us up immensely, then for a walk to the shops (mostly closed because it was Sunday as well as Mothers Day). We were told that Ecuador is famous for its flowers and they were certainly in evidence today as well as bright coloured cakes for every mother we presume....In the evening we went out for a final dinner with the group that had accompanied us, some all the way since Santiago, some since Rio and a couple who joined in Caracas. The restaurant was meant to be very good for local food and, in fact, it did offer guinea pig, but it was a bit expensive compared to some and quite a long walk, there in the early evening and back later when the streets were quite deserted. We were in bed by about 11:00pm. Bed was really uncomfortable.